Restaurants

A foodie's guide to Brixton, London

This London neighborhood offers up a dizzying array of global eats — these 6 restaurants stand out.

If you’re planning a trip to London, I’m sure you’ve read all about the must-see landmarks, world-class museums, and top-notch entertainment. But, what about food? When the time comes to rest tired feet and fill hungry stomachs, hop on the tube to Brixton for a taste of London’s food scene. Here’s our list of where to eat, drink and refuel in Brixton.

Now with locations all over London, Franco Manca pizzas have become a firm fixture on the London foodie scene and are often called the best in Britain. Cooked in a wood fired oven on a sourdough base, pizzas see classic and organic toppings like Gloucester old spot ham, buffalo ricotta, and wild mushrooms. At $9 each, they won’t break the budget either and there’s even organic wine to wash it down with.

For a more upmarket feel, check out Boqueria for award-winning tapas inspired by the namesake market in Barcelona. Open late and with a bustling bar, this swanky restaurant is a great spot to try traditional Spanish food in a contemporary setting. There’s a variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian options plus a list of traditional favorites like paprika-spiced octopus with potatoes and chorizo with cider. Starting from $6 each, you’ll even have enough change left to try a tipple from the impressive wine list.

With specials including the Chimichurri, the Far East, and the Quesadilla, yes there’s a Quesadilla in there, Honest Burgers is a firm favorite among bun lovers. Burgers start from $11 and are piled high toppings and a generous helping of rosemary salted chips. If it’s still early, pop in for brunch. Try the brunch burger, complete with English favorite bubble and squeak, or the classic avocado on toast.

Described as “street snacks from the heart of Beijing,” Mama Lan serves up authentic Chinese bites like beef noodle soup and crispy ginger beef. The same recipes served on the family’s street cart in Beijing have made their way to Brixton bringing fiery flavors and fresh produce with them. For drinks, choose between an impressive Asian-inspired cocktail menu or a soothing list of teas and don’t leave without trying the highly praised dumplings.

Elephant’s tiny kitchen serves up big flavors with home-style Pakistani meals. Choose from a selection of classic starters, curries, or from three types of thalis. With lots of heat and tasty vegetarian options, these meals come in at $9. For drinks, if masala chais or lassis aren’t your thing, you’re in luck, simply bring in your own.

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